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Volume 4, chapter 6
Youko: Leukemia, they said
Narration: I wasn’t prepared.
Chapter title: SESSION22
Throwing Everything Away
Youko: That’s the kind of disease tragic heroines are supposed to get… God must have made a mistake somewhere.
Narration: When Youko Touma called me, the last thing I expected was an announcement this shocking.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Youko: That’s why I came back to Japan…
Youko: the country I love most in the world, after everything.
Youko: Just so you know, I have no plans to die any time soon.
Youko: I’ll use all the money I have, and whatever else it takes, to make it to a hundred.
Youko: But, with me in this state, Kazusa won’t have any choice but to stand on her own.
I’ve been pulling plenty of strings with that in mind.
Youko: Still, I had just one thing left to gamble on.
Youko: My last hope, and my biggest obstruction—that you yourself would return Kazusa to Japan.
Youko: …But, I suppose that was pointless.
Youko: Hey, Guitar Boy. With things being as they are…
Youko: I want you to dump her, as hard as you can.
Youko: Discard her completely, so that her own wounds can heal more quickly.
Youko: If you don’t—if you give her an inch—she’ll never give up on you.
Youko: If you can’t accept her, throw her away now.
For her sake.
Narration: But, if I did that, what would happen to Kazusa?
Who could possibly protect her…?
These questions ran though my head, but my voice wouldn’t come out.
Haruki: I told you, don’t just eat the meat. Eat the fish, too, and the daikon, and the carrots, and the chrysanthemums…
Kazusa: Gonna pass on the chrysanthemums, but I’ll eat the rest, okay?
Haruki: Eat the kombu instead, then.
FX: Puff puff
FX: Munch munch
Haruki: …Sorry, it’s Takeya.
Kazusa: There’s no meat left…
Takeya: Hey, man! Congrats on getting engaged!
Takeya: Haruki, you’re blowing me away here! I never thought I’d see the day…!
Takeya: I got Setsuna-chan here with me right now! C’mon over!
Setsuna: Sorry, Haruki-kun… Takahiro saw the ring, and I guess he told everyone…
FX: Stamp stamp stamp
Haruki: No, Setsuna, you didn’t do anything wrong… You don’t have to apologize.
I’m really sorry, though. I’m in the middle of some work right now. I’ll call you back later, okay?
Haruki: Hang on! Kazusa, wait!
Kazusa: No! Let go of me!
Kazusa: I hate this! I can’t take it any more!
Kazusa: Just run off and be happy with Setsuna already!
Kazusa: …And, congratulations!
My only two friends in the world are going to be together… I’m so glad! Really!
Kazusa: With all that, I can’t burden you anymore, so I’m just gonna leave!
Haruki: You can’t… You only just recovered from your injuries, and you don’t have anything pulled together…
Kazusa: B-but… If I stay here, I’m gonna break… I can’t stand this…!
Kazusa: I’m leaving… I can’t be in Japan any more…
Narration: An hour after that, Kazusa was breathing quietly in her sleep, having finally calmed down.
Narration: At this rate, things are going to rupture sooner or later.
I have to come up with some kind of solution before Kazusa wakes up.
Narration: Before dawn breaks, I have to think of a way for Kazusa to be happy…
FX: Nod nod
Kazusa: Bye, Haruki.
Screen: Incoming call
Haruki: Youko-san?! I’m sorry, Kazusa isn’t…
Youko: I know. She was with me until just a minute ago.
Youko: But… I’m afraid I don’t know where she went after that.
Youko: I… collapsed in front of her.
Narration: Youko Touma was always the ultimate reaching point for Kazusa—the summit she aspired to.
If that summit were to disappear…
Youko: It was her first time seeing me like this, and she panicked…
Narration: the public would tell Kazusa to take Youko Touma’s place, to take off in the world the way her mother had.
How could a sheltered girl like her take on the world, alone?
In which case, she would have to turn her back on the public and find a new world…
But would she be capable of that? No, there’s no way.
Not without someone seriously supporting her.
Youko: So I told her everything.
Youko: Absolutely everything, including that I have no desire to return to Vienna.
Youko: And then, she rushed out of the hospital…
Narration: The Houjou University campus…
Light is spilling out of the windows of the school buildings.
How many times did I myself meet the dawn, beneath those lights?
Narration: My classmate, always hanging around in the lecture room with a sleeping bag even though she couldn’t be bothered to write a proper essay…
Now and then, she would come out with something weirdly sharp, and I found myself thinking, “Maybe she actually knows everything about me.”
Narration: Hey, Izumi… How much did you know about me, then?
And, now… Do you know where I’m supposed to go from here?
Narration: Goodies is closed by now…
I’m not all that hungry. I just thought, maybe…
a certain nagging junior of mine might be able to buck me up a little.
Narration: That pushy girl who doesn’t care who you are—no, in fact, the bigger trouble you’re in, the more deeply she’ll meddle.
Narration: Koharu Sugiura…
You… If you were to meet someone who had just lost something enormously important to them, what would you think?
Everyone says you and I are similar. Even you acknowledge that… So, what would you do?
Narration: Bright light spills from the windows of the editorial department at Kaiou.
But the person I want to see the most isn’t there right now.
Narration: The one to whom I owe everything as an adult, who so thoroughly drove into me what it was like living in society, even before I entered it for real…
Thanks to her, I was able to forge many incredible bonds as a person… and crucial ties to the real world.
Narration: Mari-san… What choice would you make here?
My job? Interpersonal relationships? Societal ties?
I don’t even know any more.
FX: Shk shk
Narration: But I have to decide.
Narration: I can’t put it off any more.
Narration: So, I’m going to follow this single feeling I have.
FX: Shk shk shk
Narration: Whom do I want to make happy?
Narration: With whom will I have no regrets, even if I make mistakes…?
FX: Shk shk shk
Haruki: Kazusa! Are you all right?! I know you’re in there!
FX: Bang bang
Haruki: Hey, hold on!
Man: …Did the young lady staying here really give you a call that urgent?
Haruki: That’s why I’m in such a hurry! We’re racing against time here!
FX: Bang bang
Haruki: We might need to call the police… No, an ambulance! I’m sorry, I need the front desk to call 119…
Kazusa: Shut up. Quit acting like a third-rate tabloid reporter.
Kazusa: What are you doing here? And what the hell was that about? What, did you think I was gonna kill myself?
Haruki: No. You aren’t that inconsiderate of other people.
Haruki: But I don’t think you can get back on your feet on your own, either.
You’re not that brave.
Haruki: You don’t have that kind of strength.
Kazusa: What’s that supposed to mean…?
Haruki: You can’t live without someone supporting you, but you’re so self-destructive and picky about who you ask for help…
Haruki: Without either me or Youko-san…
how do you expect to live?
Haruki: What I’m trying to say is… I have to do something, right?
Haruki: Even at your worst, I love you.
Haruki: I can’t stand the idea of you not living happily.
Kazusa: Haruki… you…!
Haruki: If you tell me that you need me in order to be happy…
Haruki: then I’ll stay by your side.
Even if it means throwing everything away…
Narration: “Throwing everything away.” With Kazusa’s violent wailing as she grasped the meaning of those words…
a truly harsh time began for us.
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